Chongson lauds Marinerong Pilipino for showing grit in stunning twice-to-beat Tanduay
Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson had nothing but good words to say after getting eliminated by the hungrier team, Marinerong Pilipino. Dante Peralta

TANDUAY's campaign in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup nosedived from promising to disappointing, as the Rhum Masters squandered a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals and bowed out at the hands of Marinerong Pilipino.

But Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson took the loss in stride, lauding the Skippers instead for wanting the win more than the Rhum Masters.

"Nangyayari talaga yung mga ganyan," said Chongson following a 65-64 loss to the Skippers in the rubber match on Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

"You have to give it to them. They didn't give up. I thought we lost our composure," he added, referring to a late-game meltdown. "Probably they're the hungrier team, yung luck nasa side nila. I only have good words to say. They refused to lose."

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The game boiled down to the last possession, where Robbie Herndon secured an offensive board off an Achie Inigo miss. 

From there, they were able to milk the clock on the way to their seventh victory.

As frustrating as that final sequence was, Chongson chose to stick with the positives.

"Sayang," he said. "Syempre ang gusto namin to advance to the semifinals. Yun yung sinasabi as fate would have it. I hope we mature. I hope we learn from this experience."

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